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Somalia Lands IMF Funding Deal in Huge Boost to Reform Effort

The IMF has agreed to lend Somalia SDR292.4mn (approx. USD395.5mn) as part of a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in a significant boost to the war-torn country’s reform efforts.

26 Mar 2020

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World Bank Approves USD500mn Loan to Ethiopia

The World Bank has approved a USD500mn loan to Ethiopia, in order to support the government’s ‘Homegrown Reform Agenda’, underpinned by the Second Ethiopia Growth and Competitiveness Development Policy Operation (DPO).

26 Mar 2020

Kenyan Bond Yields Spike Due to Pandemic, Locust Disruption – Cytonn Investments

As the COVID-19 pandemic wracks emerging and developed economies alike, market have gone into overdrive with shares and bonds both suffering heavy sell-offs as investors flee to the safety of US dollars. Kenya’s local currency treasury bonds (TBs) and outstanding Eurobonds have been no exception to this trend.

26 Mar 2020

Dangote Cement Moves Forward with Bond Debut

One of Nigeria’s largest companies is moving forward with a debut bond issuance to help raise medium-term funding.

26 Mar 2020

City of Tshwane Defaults on Bond – Nedbank

On 24th March, the City of Teshwane Metropolitan Municipality, a local government municipality covering Pretoria and the surrounding areas, defaulted on a ZAR5.5bn local currency medium-term note. According to Jones Gondo, Senior Credit Analyst, and Nthulleng Mphahlele, Analyst at Nedbank, it is a technical default caused by government issues.

25 Mar 2020

The Gambia Secures USD47.1mn in Credit from IMF

The Gambia has secured a USD47.1mn extended credit facility (ECF) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week, with the proceeds from the funding going towards the development of policies to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its economic impact.

24 Mar 2020

Which SSA Economies are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19?

Africa appears so far – at least according to official statistics – to have contained the spread of COVID-19, with SSA reporting fewer than 300 confirmed cases. But this does not mean the region will be able to ride out the storm and avoid the economic and health impact seen elsewhere.

24 Mar 2020

Central Bank of Kenya Likely to Cut Rates by 25-50bps – Sterling Capital

Ahead of the next Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the Central Bank of Kenya on Monday 23rd March, Sterling Capital predicts a rate cut of 25-50bps.

20 Mar 2020

Downgrade of South African Sovereign Now 'Probable' – Nedbank Analysts

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic collides with a crash in the oil price and a broader deceleration of growth, the South Africa sovereign looks set to struggle. According to Jones Gondo, Senior Credit Analyst and Nthulleng Mphahlele, Analyst at Nedbank, the risk of the big three rating agencies downgrading South Africa has been significantly heightened.

19 Mar 2020

Kenya Roads Board Bond ‘Potential Game Changer in Domestic Debt Investment’ – Sterling Capital

Kenya Roads Board (KRB) is set to issue a KES150bn bond on an annual basis over the next five years. The proceeds of the bond will be used to finance infrastructure development.

11 Mar 2020

Downgrade Would Lead to Exponential Growth in Borrowing Costs – Rand Merchant Bank

The possibility of a Moody’ downgrading the South African sovereign has long been under discussion. But according to Ettienne Le Roux, Chief Economist and Elena Ilkova, Credit Research Analyst at Rand Merchant Bank, a rating downgrade could provoke a much more severe reaction than the simply exclusion of the country’s debt from global indices.

9 Mar 2020

PMI Data Indicates Difficult Start to the Year for Kenyan Private Sector

February marked another difficult month for Kenya’s economy, with fresh PMI data from IHS Markit and Stanbic Bank indicating a second consecutive month of falling business activity.

9 Mar 2020

South Africa Budget: Huge Wage Bill Cut Raises Credibility Issues, Questions Over Fiscal Health

South Africa’s recently-revealed 2020 budget review contained a series of ambitious pledges designed to win over markets and restore public sector finances, including a ZAR160bn in cuts to public wages over three years, but analysts say the move raises credibility issues and likely sets the stage for a battle with the nation’s powerful unions.

28 Feb 2020

Additional State Support for Eskom Unlikely for Now, But Available if Needed

Measures to support the ailing South African state-owned utility introduced throughout the past year should prove sufficient as the government moves to break up the company into three separate entities, ING predicts, amid reports of new closure threats at its largest operational power plant.

26 Feb 2020

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